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Waititi Wants to Do “Akira” Movie

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New Zealand director Taika Waititi is interested in doing an adaptation of Akira, though so far he is only in talks and has not made a commitment yet.

Warner Bros. has been interested in making a live-action version of the franchise since 2002. It is based on a manga written by Katsuhiro Otomo, who also directed the anime adaptation from 1988. The film is considered a groundbreaking piece of animation and helped popularize anime in the West.

Set in the year 2019 and after World War III, it features a cyberpunk version of “Neo-Tokyo” where the corrupt government hides the existence of psychic children with immense power. Trouble begins when a teenage gangster gets these powers and begins to use them in destructive ways.

Of course, the movie had to make some changes from the long-running manga that it was based on (most notably, the title character’s direct role in the story was actually reduced quite a bit). Waititi says that that leads to some new possibilities for a future film adaptation.

“But, I don’t believe the world needs a remake of the anime,” he said in an interview with Screen Rant. “I think for me it would be, if there’s any real possibility for doing it, I would really just want to look at an adaptation of the books in a new way.”

He also addressed the issue of “whitewashing,” casting Caucasian actors for the parts of Japanese characters. Actors attached to previous attempts at this movie have included Brad Pitt, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Gary Oldman.

“Actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me,” he said, and admitted that that would likely mean getting relatively unknown actors for the roles.

Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok comes out next month.

Dr. David Samadi’s Fairy Tale Life Story

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A Q&A interview with Dr. David Samadi is inspiring, educational and motivating. Davis ’s life is to serve his patients, staff and family. He treats everyone with respect and tries to avoid negative feelings like envy and jealousy. This positive attitude is contagious as he and his staff members are like one big family, working, eating and sharing their lives with each other. His life sounds like a fairy tale with hardship, adventure, accomplishing the American dream and eventually a very happy conclusion.

David was born in the war-torn nation of Iran. When David was very young he and his brother Dan Samadi were forced to leave their country to settle in Belgium then moved to London and finally after several years they arrived in the United States. Dr. David Samadi’s dream was always to become a medical practitioner and to help those in need. His days in Iran taught him to care for others and to work hard to achieve his goals. He loves to share his ideas and inspire others to accomplish their dreams. His favorite book is “Anything is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout, a title that envisages David Samadi’s life.

David earned his bachelors degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook University then his masters and finally after more than a decade of hard work he became a fully licensed Urologist in 2000. He continued his training in Proctology and in 2002 completed his training in Robotic Radical Prostatectomy in France under his mentor, Professor Claude Abbou.

After many years of training, working and advancing his skills and knowledge with robotics he became one of the most reputable and skilled urologic oncologists in America. His reputation and attention to detail to each and every patient has gained him a loyal patient following that advertises his brilliance by word of mouth. David Samadi is currently the Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City where his journey in American began. When asked if he had any regrets David said he had none, other than his hair turning gray at a young age. David Samadi diagnoses prostate cancer and encourages people to take preventative measures such as healthy living and periodic checkups; he discourages using the Internet for self-treatment as it does more harm than good.

Dr. David Samadi has completed more than 7000 prostate surgeries and 800 laparoscopic procedures using advanced robotics. David says this technique is less invasive, less painful and greatly reduces recovery time. David comes up with new ideas all the time that help him discover new ways to improve his techniques, advance his technology and help as many patients as possible. One accomplishment he is particularly proud of is his Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART), which he invented to increase his precision when performing prostate surgeries. It grealty decreases after-surgery complications and health problems.